Sliding Barn Doors

I love the country, farmhouse look.  It’s definitely one of my very favorites.  One of my favorite things to put in a farmhouse is a sliding barn door.  They’re great for closets or master baths or pantries or game rooms…or pretty much anywhere.  You can use them as headboards too.  They don’t shut tight, so they’re maybe not the very best for bedrooms.  But boy, do I love ’em.  You can go as big or as small as you want to on these.  If you’re just starting out, keep it simple.

If you order your hardware on Amazon and use old doors you already have or wood you have lying around, you can easily do this project for around $150. Here is a simple one that we made over the weekend for the master bathroom.

First measure your hole.  The door needs to be at least 2″ wider and 1″ taller that the cased opening.

Build the door (I used inexpensive pine from Home Depot) to your size specifications.  If you’re painting it, paint it after.  If you’re staining it, stain it before you put it together. Be sure to sand each piece before you put it together.

Follow the instructions for mounting the hardware.  Make sure you are attaching it to studs as this is too heavy to just hang on the wall. The hardware is definitely the most important part…you don’t want it falling off.

If it’s on a hard floor, lots of people put wheels on the bottom of the door.  I like the look better without them.

My favorite doors come from old doors I’ve found.  Those just need to be stripped and refinished and then hung.  They’re super simple and have so much character. Its also fun to look for old sliders, but they’re not always easy to find.

What’s your favorite type of door?


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